New York - Klal Yisroel Devastated As Waterbury Community Plunged into Mourning
New York - The entire Waterbury community, including those who live in the community, those enrolled at the yeshiva and former talmidim of Yeshiva Ateres Shmuel are reeling in shock and disbelief following the tragic crash last night that took the lives of two high school students and thousands are expected to attend the funerals that will take place this afternoon in Borough Park.
Daniel King, 15, and Eli Schonbrun, 16, both residents of the East 30â€™s in Flatbush, were pronounced dead at the scene following the early morning rollover of a van that was carrying eleven bochurim from both the high school and the beis medrash back to the yeshiva. The boys were traveling on I-84 in a 1998 Ford Club Wagon, a vehicle notorious for rollovers, and Connecticut State Police are investigating the accident.
The levaya for Eli Schonbrun will take place 2 PM this afternoon at Shomrei Hachomos, located 4218 Fort Hamilton Parkway at the corner of 43rd Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway. The levaya for Dani King is currently scheduled for 3:15 PM at Shomrei Hadas, 3803 14th Avenue. Those times are subject to change as the bodies of the two victims have yet to be released.
“We are in a state of shock and mourning,â€ť Rabbi Shalom Siegfried, Vice President of Yeshiva Ateres Shmuel told VIN News. â€śWe have the families and everyone in our tefillos and we hope to be able to move forward.â€ť
Rabbi Siegfried confirmed that the driver of the van, was a bochur in the yeshiva and unconfirmed reports have his age as 22 years old. Chai Lifeline has been brought in to provide support and counseling to the bochurim at the yeshiva.
This is the second time that a car crash has claimed the life of a bochur in the Waterbury yeshiva. Shaya Twerski was killed in March 2003 and a shtender bearing his name remains in the yeshiva.
â€śThis is a trauma, every motherâ€™s worst nightmare,â€ť said the mother of a former talmid.
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